All across Georgia, people are looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day festivities at their favorite restaurants and bars. Large crowds are expected starting Friday and going well into Sunday, the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day this year. In addition to free-flowing green beer, you should also expect to see an increase in DUI checkpoints throughout Athens GA targeting intoxicated drivers.
Last year, many people were arrested on suspicion of DUI in Athens GA on St. Patrick’s Day. This year, there will be several DUI checkpoints scattered throughout Athens GA and not all of them will be revealed to the public beforehand. Therefore, it is important to drink responsibly and have a plan to get home safely.
Tips for a Responsible St. Patrick’s Day Night Out
Don’t let this be your St. Patrick’s Day weekend
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, DUI checkpoints are expected to start as early as 7 p.m. and will last until 4 a.m. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has three simple tips to help drivers avoid possible prison time, heavy fines, suspended licenses, injuries or death that can result from driving under the influence:
- Have a plan for a safe way home before the festivities begin;
2. Before drinking, have a designated sober driver and do not take your car keys with you before heading out;
3. If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member for a ride or use public transportation to get home safely.
Following these simple steps could save you from the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction on St. Patrick’s Day or on any other night.
Driving Under the Influence (Official Code of Georgia §40-6-391)
Under Official Code of Georgia §40-6-391, it is unlawful to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and unlawful to drive under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or higher.
A DUI conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by up to twelve months in county jail, a $1,000 fine and a six-month suspension of your license.
A first-time DUI conviction for someone under the age of 21 could cost over $20,000. These figures include often-overlooked costs including restitution fees, legal fees and increased auto insurance rates.
Not included in these totals are potential additional expenses for bail fees, the cost to repair damages to your vehicle, hospital fees or any salary lost due to missing time at work. These expenses alone could run in the thousands of dollars.
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